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Crime log: Police arrest California man for heroin, drug paraphernalia

Officers arrested Craig Lawley, 25, an unemployed man from South Lake Tahoe, at 6 p.m. Wednesday for felony possession of heroin and felony possession of prescription notepads. Lawley was also arrested for four alleged misdemeanors - possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and a first-time driving under the influence.

Two names, one author in “Candyland”

Four charged in Reno murder and Carson City robbery spree

By the Reno Police Department
After a comprehensive investigation by detectives from the Reno Police Dept. in conjunction with detectives from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, all four defendants have been charged in the murder of Steven Gale, from the morning of May 9th on California Avenue. In addition they were charged with several other robberies and related crimes in both Carson City and Reno.

Police: Alleged bank cheats identified in video

An anonymous tipster identified two women whose pictures ran in the Nevada Appeal after they were captured on video allegedly defrauding a bank.

Carson City man arrested; allegedly attempts to cash fake checks

A Carson City man faces felony fraud charges after he was arrested for allegedly attempting to cash counterfeit checks at a casino on Wednesday.

Donald Paul Jackson Jr., 27, is being held in Carson City Jail on $27,500 bail. According the arrest report, officers were called to a casino in the 3800 block of Highway 50 East in reference to a suspicious subject attempting to cash counterfeit checks.

Massacre sends shock waves through Carson City

AP Photo/ The Reno Gazette Journal, David B. Parker Police investigate the outside the scene of the shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. Sandra Chereb, Associated Press 8:58.58 — First sheriff's units dispatched ...

Carson City heroes save Christmas

Question: What do Santa, a clown, a platoon of police officers, and coffee have in common?

Answer: They were all at the Wal-Mart service center Friday morning.

The second day of the seventh-annual Holiday With a Hero shopping spree event kicked off at 9 a.m., with the volunteers being fed donuts and coffee. Santa and his Wal-Mart helpers stood prepped to welcome less-fortunate children and help pair them off with volunteers, who would help them spend their complimentary Wal-Mart gift cards.

Carson City man faces misdemeanor domestic battery charge

A 21-year-old Carson City man faces a misdemeanor domestic battery charge after allegedly hitting his fiance with a water bottle, pouring water on her and shoving her to the ground.

According to the arrest report, deputies were called to the 1100 block of Woodside Drive at around 8 a.m. regarding a domestic dispute.

Lyon County police investigate murder, attempted suicide

Lyon County police are on the scene of an apparent murder and attempted suicide in Silver Springs. According to a press release, officers were called out to a home at 3466 Deodar Street just bef...

Metro Police lawsuit back in court

By Cy Ryan CARSON CITY – The Nevada Supreme Court has reinstated a lawsuit by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to collect hundreds of ...

Carson High School lockdown over, students leave campus bewildered; police investigating rumors

Carson High School officials and authorities continue to investigate rumors that surfaced among students earlier today of a planned shooting to take place on campus.

The Carson High School campus was on locked down shortly after noon today because the rumors had come from multiple students, authorities said. Released from school at the end of the day, students described the situation as confusing and frightening because they weren't told why they were forced into their classrooms with the doors locked.

Full scale emergency exercise planned Wednesday at State Capitol

The Department of Public Safety Capitol Police Division will conduct a full scale emergency preparedness exercise Wednesday at the State Capitol in Carson City from 8 to 11 a.m.
The exercise will involve all employees assigned to the State Capitol. The Capitol building will be closed to the general public while this exercise is held, said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Barbara Stapleton.
In September, the staff of the Capitol performed an emergency evacuation drill, in October, an earthquake drill was held and this exercise completes the three part employee safety training.

NV Energy warns of credit card scam

NV Energy warned on Thursday of another scam designed to obtain credit card numbers and money transfers from unsuspecting customers. The company has learned that imposters are calling customers demanding payments and threatening to turn off power.
Company spokesman Karl Walquist said NV Energy does not call customers about utility payments, regardless if they owe money. The company does not solicit credit card or other payments over the phone. Customers whose accounts are in arrears are notified through the U.S. Postal Service that payment is due.

Argument over TV remote lands Carson City man in jail

A Carson City man faces a misdemeanor domestic battery charge after he and his girlfriend got into an argument over the TV remote after they had been drinking.
The 53-year-old man told authorities that he slapped the remote out of his girlfriend's hands and grabbed her wrists after she complained that he watched too much television.

Deputies were called to the 600 block of Armory Way on Oct. 16 after the daughter of the woman in the incident called authorities from Vacaville, Calif., saying her mother had been battered.

Kohl's clerk faces embezzlement charge after $1,000 taken from cash register

A Carson City woman and an employee of Kohl's faces a felony embezzlement charge after she was found on video surveillance taking more than $1,000 from the company cash register.

Katherine Lynn Koval, 27, was arrested on Tuesday. Bail was set at $15,000.

CareFlight picks up prisoner and guard

Police scanner traffic this morning indicates that CareFlight has been called to land in Carson City to pick up a prisoner and a guard.

Carson City Fire Chief Stacey Giomi confirmed it was a prisoner and guard that was picked up this morning. The helicopter landed to pick up the two at around 7:40 a.m.

Nevada’s Public Employee Retirement Plan Saw Improvement In 2012

CARSON CITY – The long-term unfunded liability of Nevada’s public employee retirement plan improved slightly in fiscal year 2012, up to 71 percent fully funded from 70.2 percent in the previous year, a state official said today.

The plan saw the modest improvement even though the return on investment for the fiscal year was only 2.9 percent. The small gain came after a record 21 percent investment gain in 2011.

Gun fired inside South Lake Tahoe bar, man arrested

A single gunshot was fired inside a South Lake Tahoe bar early Sunday morning that missed patrons after an argument between two men, authorities said.
The incident happened at around 1:40 a.m. at Whiskey Dick's, 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd. A local man was arrested in the incident. There were no injuries as a result of the gunfire. Minor injuries were reported that resulted from a fight.

Murder mystery dinner theater returns to Carson City

Event Date: 
January 31, 2014 (All day)

Proscenium Players, Inc. and the Gold Dust West Hotel and Casino in Carson City invite you to “The Wedding from Hell!” a murder mystery dinner theater show.

Performance dates are Friday, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 8, 14, and Saturday, February 1, 8, 15 at 6 p.m. and a Sunday Brunch matinee on Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.

Massive wildfire burning in southwest Reno

Update 11:53 a.m.: Congressmen Mark Amodei (NV-2) and Joe Heck (NV-3) released the following joint statement regarding the Caughlin Ranch fire:
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this disaster. We are in contact with the Governor’s office and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, D.C. to offer guidance and assistance in providing resources to address the emergency. We are coordinating efforts to ensure the Prepositioned Equipment Program (PEP) located in Las Vegas is prepared to deploy and assist with controlling the fire if needed. Anyone wishing to make financial contributions to help the victims of this disaster may do so through the Red Cross."

Update 10 a.m: The State of Nevada, Washoe County and the City of Reno have declared a state of emergency. More than 9,500 people have been evacuated, according to City of Reno spokesman Chris Good. The 400-plus-acre fire is still zero percent contained. As of now, Galena High School is the evacuation point. If that fills up, Damonte Ranch High School will be the next evacuation point. Go here for the latest from UNR's Nevada Sagebrush and here from MyNews4.com.

Update 8:15: Fire now officially named Caughlin Fire.

Update 7:11 a.m.: KRNV is on the air talking with Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez who is saying they have lost about 20 homes so far, and the strong winds are a big problem. He also said the winds are so strong that there is no way to get air attacks on this fire.

An Emergency 211 number is being set up to provide better information for Reno residents.

A wind-driven wildfire has burned more than 400 acres and has consumed at least six homes in the Caughlin Ranch area in southwest Reno this morning. The Pine Haven fire broke out around 12:30 this morning and thousands have been told to evacuate. Residents are being evacuated to Reno High School, the designated area for evacuations. Fire agencies from the Carson City and Carson Valley areas are responding as are from the Lake Tahoe area. Power is out to at least 1,000 homes in the area, according to NV Energy.
Flames are threatening homes near Manzanita Lane and Dant Boulevard, and police officers were going to residences to evacuate residents. An officer went to the house of a panicking Kathy Harrah. The officer told her to take a deep breath and said "you are fairly safe," as she and her two sons, John and Kody, grabbed items and put them into their truck. "I have been watching the fire all night. I didn't know it was going to get this bad," she told the Reno Gazette-Journal before ordering her son to rip a computer out of a wall. The area was thick with smoke that hung over over Manzanita. Flames in the canyon below Manzanita shot up dozens of feet in the air as they hit brush. Go here and here for story.

Videos of the fire

Map of fire area

UPDATE: charges reduced in battery case

UPDATE: Teresa Nicole DeLarge said she pleaded not guilty to a charge of battery with a deadly weapon. She said she was found guilty of simple battery, which is a misdemeanor.

A Carson City woman faces a felony charge of battery with a deadly weapon after she allegedly smashed a beer bottle over the face of a woman she was fighting with outside a local bar.

Music teacher arraigned for allegedly having sex with minor

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Reno music teacher who police say was caught having sex with a minor in a Carson City backyard appeared in court today. (See Video)

Sparks shooting leaves 1 dead

Sparks shooting leaves 1 deadStaff Writer

Carson City officers arrest man in tow truck going 95 mph with emergency lights on

A 57-year-old Carson City caregiver was arrested early Friday morning after deputies clocked the man doing at least 95 mph in a 55 mph zone.
The incident happened at 4:47 a.m. The man was arrested at the intersection of Highway 50 and Flint Road. He faces a misdemeanor speeding charge, as well as misdemeanor reckless wanton driving, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

NHP, local law enforcement to step up patrol over Labor Day weekend

Drunk drivers will be cited and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, Nevada Highway Patrol and statewide law enforcement warn.

This Labor Day weekend, law enforcement will be out in full force in Northern Nevada, patrolling the roads for impaired drivers. With the state’s Zero Fatalities goal in mind, drivers should plan ahead and designate a sober driver if their weekend plans involve alcohol.

Crime Log: Carson City Sheriff's Department makes several arrests this weekend

Carson City Sheriff's deputies arrested several individuals for serious crimes over President's Day weekend. Among those are:

  • Manuel Ricardo Pinuelas, 39, a self-employed Carson City resident, at about 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon at the 4000 block of Emerson Drive. Pinuelas was arrested for a felony embezzelment and unlawful use of a credit card warrant in his name. Bail is set at $5,000.

Man jailed on drug charges gives Carson City officers his brother's ID to avoid arrest

Two men were arrested Friday, 3:45 a.m. at the intersection of William and Stewart streets in Carson City on drug-related charges.

Casey S. Clifford, 20, faces a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and three lesser charges: obstructing an officer, possession marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A 31-year-old man was also arrested on a misdemeanor warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

Driver in stolen car that crashed Saturday punched officer then admits to using heroin

A Dayton man and Auburn, Calif., woman face felony charges after the stolen car he was driving crashed into a car causing injury on Saturday during a pursuit by Carson City Sheriff's patrol officers.

William Vuki Wilson, 32, faces six felony charges including leaving the scene of an accident, DUI drugs, possessing a stolen vehicle, eluding, drug possession and reckless driving causing substantial bodily harm.

2011 Public Employee Salary Data Shows Nearly 1,000 Workers In The $200K Club

CARSON CITY – Nearly 1,000 state and local government workers, many of them firefighters and police, make over $200,000 a year when all pay and benefits are counted, according to a 2011 pay analysis published today by the Nevada Policy Research Institute.

Nevada School Police Officers May Get Expanded Jurisdiction


School police officers in Washoe and Clark Counties could play a more active role in public safety if a Nevada Assembly bill passes this session.

Assembly Bill 103, which was introduced today in the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs, would remove the jurisdiction restrictions placed on school police officers in Washoe and Clark counties, giving them classification as full-fledged police officers. Most of the questions regarding AB 103 came from a proposed repeal of the jurisdiction guidelines in the Nevada Revised Statues.

Police pursuit results in wreck, injuries

A police pursuit of a stolen vehicle Thursday, ended in a wreck in Mound House and the arrest of a previously deported illegal immigrant.

Sheriff's Office to conduct training exercise


The Carson City Sheriff's Office will be hosting a joint training exercise with several other area police departments on Saturday, April 21 at 505 E. King Street (the old Kinkead building). Residents are being warned that on the day of the excerise they may hear what appears to be gunshots from the area around that facility.

For more information, contact Reserve Commander Tom Crawford at 887 - 2500 or download the press release below.

Carson City woman jailed after allegedly turning $12 check to $120

A Carson City woman faces a felony forgery charge after she allegedly took a check that was given to her for $12 and altered it to $120, authorities said.

Marlena Acosta, 27, faces the felony charge, and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer, after Carson City Sheriff's Office deputies learned March 5 that a check issued to the woman from FISH for $12 — to be used to obtain a Nevada identification card from the DMV — had been altered to $120 and cashed.

Police chase leads to accident; Carson City patrol car hit in pursuit

A car chase tonight through north and west Carson City caused a two-vehicle accident at Mountain and Winnie streets with a deputy being injured after being rammed by the suspect's vehicle.

The chase involved a red Ford Ranger that wouldn't stop for a patrol officer who has apparently suffered injuries to his hands, knee and shoulder after the suspect reportedly rammed into the patrol car head-on, reports Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.

Carson City man faces felony charge in domestic battery

A Carson City man was jailed early Tuesday morning following a domestic battery in which he allegedly prevented the victim from reporting the crime.

Amalio Pedro Montanes, 25, was arrested in the 3300 block of Pontius Place at 1:26 a.m. According to the arrest report, officers responded to the residence on a welfare check after dispatch received a call from a woman who gave an address and then disconnected.

Upon arrival officers met with the victim who stated she was upset with her boyfriend, identified a Montanes. The victim said he had come home drunk and wanted him to leave.

Carson City man faces felony home invasion charge

A Carson City man faces a felony charge of home invasion after kicking in the door of Hot Springs Road apartment and entering the home.
Jason Philip Curry, 24, was arrested Dec. 2 by Carson City authorities after he was found walking and intoxicated near the home several minutes after breaking into it.

According to the arrest report two deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of Hot Springs Road for a reported break-in.

Carson City free weekend news summary for Nov. 23

William Ravenelle was supposed to be celebrating his 50th birthday last Saturday here in Carson City. But he never came home after he was last seen at the Comfort Inn in Elko, and his family is desperately searching for him. Ravenell's brother Mike went to the motel and found the doors of William's car wide open, and his cell phone was still in his room. A motel employee reported that his wallet was found, and it still had money in it. William Ravenelle is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 185 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information about his disappearance should call the Elko Police Department at (775) 777-7310.


$5 million of voter-approved funding will be going to help build a bike path around the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, but many obstacles stand in the way of its completion. The narrow roadway going through the Carson City portion of the lake's shoreline is one of the problem area. The others include getting around Cave Rock.


Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller is filing a protest over language that was included in the newly approved redistricting order. The language was added that allows candidates to use terms like "re-elect" an "incumbent" even if the redistricting has moved them to new districts, or their district numbers have changed.

Traffic diverted on Carson City Freeway following crash

Carson City Fire Department, sheriff's patrol officers and the Nevada Highway Patrol were at the scene of an accident Friday night in the southbound lane of I-580 at 5th Street.
The crash was reported shortly before 7 p.m., according to NHP. Care Flight was not called and cleanup around the accident was underway as of 7:30 p.m., with traffic diverted.
It is unknown if anyone was hurt or the extent of injuries. According to police scanner dispatch, one person declined treatment.

26 arrested, 8 for DUI over holiday weekend in Douglas; 18 arrests in South Lake Tahoe

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 2014, 4th of July celebration in Douglas County went well. The celebratory crowds in the Stateline, Round Hill and Zephyr Cove areas of Lake Tahoe were large and with exception of a few altercations in the downtown Casino Core area, Nevada Beach and Zephyr Cove Beach, the crowd was relatively well behaved. Motorists were cooperative with the road closures and traffic control required for the fireworks display.

Hundreds turn out for Carson City Sheriff's Cops and Kids fair

CARSON CITY — Despite cool weather and Friday night's snow showers, hundreds of children and their parents turned out today for the seventh annual Cops and Kids Sheriff’s Open House safety, crime and substance abuse awareness fair held at the Carson City Sheriff's Office.

Esmeralda County sheriff's cadet arrested for alleged DUI

A 29-year-old Esmeralda County Sheriff's Office deputy officer in training was arrested early Sunday morning in a county police vehicle and faces misdemeanor charges of DUI alcohol and failure to maintain a lane of traffic.

Jason Alan Byrum of Silver Peak was arrested by Carson City sheriff's patrol officers at 4:40 a.m. in the area of Silver Sage Drive and Vintage Circle. He is a cadet at the POST academy, confirmed Esmeralda County Sheriff Ken Elgan.

DUI checkpoint results in five arrests

Law enforcement personnel from 4 northern Nevada agencies conducted a DUI checkpoint on State Road 445 (Pyramid Highway) near Egyptian Drive in Spanish Springs yesterday afternoon. Deputies from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, police officers from the Reno and Sparks Police Departments and troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol participated in the “Joining Forces” holiday weekend administrative roadblock from 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm. During the 6-hour event, 1008 vehicles were screened with 22 of those directed into the secondary screening area.

Wanted sex offender nabbed by Carson City officers after chase through streets, neighborhoods

A 48-year-old transient wanted by authorities after violating conditions of parole as a sex offender was stopped Wednesday on a traffic violation and took off running from Carson City deputies resulting in a search through neighborhoods, businesses and an RV park.

Robert Lee Lyons Jr. was arrested at 7:13 p.m. in the 2400 block of Michael Drive. He faces a felony charge of violation of parole as a sex offender, and six misdemeanor charges, including obstructing police officers.

Nevada 150 Sesquicentennial events lined up through September

The deadline to submit applications for Official and Signature Nevada 150 events will be 5:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Over 400 events have been held across the Silver State since Nevada Day 2013, in celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, with many more ahead. To submit an event application please visit www.Nevada150.org. For questions or additional information please contact Scott Carey, events and community relations manager, at 775-687-0645 or shcarey@nevada150.org.

The following events will be held Sept. 1 through Sept. 14.

Cab driver among five arrested in Carson City drug bust

Acting on several tips of drugs allegedly being sold out of a home with children inside and local from a taxi cab driver, Carson City Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team officers arrested five people Thursday night at a Condor Circle home.

Officers confiscated small amounts of methamphetamine, heroin, more than 30 pieces of assorted drug paraphernalia and cash after a search warrant was granted. Three children — two four-year-olds and a seven-year-old — were taken into protective custody, according arresting Carson City sheriff’s officers.

The Hundred Year War On The Economy

Sometimes it takes a while to get the big picture, to see things coming into focus. Now, I am not much for conspiracy theories, but if anything looks like it is being driven by design, this is one. The theories driving it were formulated many lifetimes ago. The people whose sick minds spawned them are long dead. For the life of me I do not understand how any egomaniac could possibly get his jollies from a trend he might have started but maybe not even his great-grandson might see coming to fruition. But there it is, a hundred year timeline on several fronts.

Destruction of money

IHOP SHOOTING: Warrant receipt details items removed from Sencion home, vehicle

In addition to two weapons and ammunition recovered from IHOP shooter Eduardo Sencion's vehicle, police found dozens of rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest and a religious book containing a wr...

Nevada Tops List On Federal Lobbyist Spending, Near Bottom On Returns

CARSON CITY – A dozen Nevada government entities spent more than $1.7 million taxpayer dollars last year to hire lobbyists in Washington, DC and have racked up nearly $400,000 in expenses in the first quarter of this year, according to data gathered by the national group Center for Responsive Politics.

Former Carson City man known as 'Fedora Bandit' admits to string of bank robberies

The 'Fedora Bandit' who robbed banks in Carson City and South Lake Tahoe among several others, pled guilty Friday to three counts of armed bank robbery, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

David Griffith Osborne, 74, formerly of Carson City, made pleas to three counts of armed bank robbery, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said. Osborne admitted he had robbed Bank of the West on 2976 North Carson Street, in Carson City. He also admitted to the Feb. 18, 2010 robbery at the Bank of the West, 2160 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe and the March 9, 2010 robbery at Bank of the West in Kings Beach and a March 31, 2010 robbery in Grass Valley.

Carson City man with California felony warrant from 1993 arrested

A Carson City man was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 5, and faces a felony charge of being a fugitive from justice with a warrant for his arrest out of Los Angeles on a drug charge that dates back to March 1993.

Jeffrey Jason Defalco, 40, listed as a postman for his occupation, was arrested shortly after 8 a.m. near Silver Sage and Koontz. Defalco was stopped for speeding when radar clocked him going 37 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to the arrest report.

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